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The conflict that began the long French and English struggle for the New World


King William’s War
The First Contest for North America, 1689–1697
Michael G. Laramie

$35.00 Hardback

  • 344 pages
  • 6 x 9
  • 25 b/w illus., maps

About this Book

While much has been written on the French and Indian War of 1754–1763, the colonial conflicts that preceded it have received comparatively little attention. Yet in King William’s War, the first clash between England and France for control of North America, the patterns of conflict for the next seventy years were formed, as were the goals and objectives of both sides, and the realization that the colonies of the two nations could not coexist.

King William’s War encompassed several proxy wars being fought by the English and the French through their native allies. The Beaver Wars was a long running feud between the Iroquois Confederacy, New France, and New France’s native allies over control of the lucrative fur trade. Fueled by English guns and money, the Iroquois attempted to divert the French fur trade towards their English trading partners in Albany, and in the process gain control over other Indian tribes. To the east the pro-French Wabanaki of Maine, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick had earlier fought a war with New England, but English expansion and French urgings, aided by foolish moves and political blunders on the part of New England, erupted into a second Wabanaki War on the eve of King William’s War. Thus, these two conflicts officially became one with the arrival of news of a declaration of war between France and England in 1689 following the “Glorious Revolution,” the coronation of King William III and Mary II. The next nine years saw coordinated attacks, including French assaults on Schenectady, New York, and Massachusetts, and English attacks around Montreal and on Nova Scotia. The war ended diplomatically, but started again five years later in Queen Anne’s War.

A riveting history full of memorable characters and events, and supported by extensive primary source material, King William’s War: The First Contest for North America, 1689–1697 by Michael G. Laramie is the first book-length treatment of a war that proved crucial to the future of the New World.


MICHAEL G. LARAMIE is the author of The European Invasion of North America: Colonial Conflict Along the Hudson-Champlain Corridor, 1609–1760 and By Wind and Iron: Naval Campaigns in the Champlain Valley, 1665–1815 (Westholme 2014). He lives with his family in Arizona.

Praise for By Wind and Iron:
“Highly recommended. It replaces Bird, Navies in the Mountains, as the standard survey of naval warfare in the region.”

—James C. Bradford in Choice

“A great historical introduction to the campaigns to control Lake Champlain during the formative years of the United States and Canada.”

—Journal of America’s Military Past



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